January 31, 2015, Jr. Beta District Day for District 9 was held in
Mandeville. Twenty schools (4th - 8th grade) from Livingston, Tangipahoa, and
St. Tammany Parishes competed in various categories.
5th & 6th graders won 7 awards and will advance to compete at state
convention in May!
2nd Place ~
Living Literature ~ Jake Savona, Lucas Puissegur, Emma Dow, Molly Martinell,
Lola Hansen, & Savannah McDaniel
2nd Place ~
1st Place ~
Club Spotlight ~ Tyler Robertson & Autumn Smedley
1st Place ~
Quiz Bowl ~ Aidan O'Donnell, Tyler Cowart, Jacob Lea, & Bryce Lipscomb
Betas! Way to represent Martha Vinyard! You made us proud!
Independence High Science Students were excited to conclude their six week project based reports, presentations and 3-D models of cells. Mrs. Boast's (IHS-Teacher of the Year) biology classes researched topics for several weeks which incorporated literacy and collaboration skills overall summarizing major concepts on cell types, structures and cellular processes. Many students quality of research and writing were consistent with college students. IHS students "think like scientist", according to Mrs. Boast and are encouraged to connect classroom experiences with real world events.
The 5th graders at Hammond Eastside Magnet had quite a life changing learning experience when Donna Landry with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center brought the Germ Cave to the school recently. Mrs. Meredith Mull, 5th grade teacher, arranged this experience to reinforce the 5th grade science lesson on how the body defends itself – our immune system. Purple powder was used to simulate germs and how easily germs can spread. Students were amazed how quickly the purple powder spread to their faces and hair. Thorough hand washing practices were emphasized throughout the experience. Pictured from Mrs. Meredith Mull’s class are Ms. Lopez, Mykell Jones, Autum Allen, Richard Frere, Brenna Adams, Mrs. Mull, Ki McKnight, Alex Vinyard, Samuel Terry, Makayla Walker, Kaitlyn Williams, Skyy Jackson, Jeremiah Reitz, Unseld Johnson, Melissa Cochran, Elizabeth Skalican, Teddra Hartford, Dorian Hurst, Emily Bonura, Cali Guidry, Syrai Clark, Skyla Stanley and Josh Jordan.
Recently Hammond Westside Montessori had nine students compete to see who would represent HWEM at the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center Regional Spelling Bee. The students competed for 12 rounds. The HWEM Spelling Bee Champion is Sa'Miya Knighten, a fourth grade student in Mrs. Ziegler's and Mrs. Cullen's classes. Pictured from the first row from left to right is Kenyra Moore-2nd Place winner, Sa'Miya Knighten- Spelling Bee Champion, and Te'Erika Henry- 1st place winner. Pictured on the second row from left to right is Brandy Huguet- Judge, Becky Navarra- Administrative Assistant and Spelling Bee Coordinator, and Leslie Cuti- Judge.
The Southeastern Lab School Beta Club came home with notable wins at the recent District 9 Jr. Beta Competition which was held at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville. Honors include: First Place in Songfest –
entire club; First place in Living
Literature – Morgan Duncan, Jai-Li Colucci, Holly Bordelon, Madalyn Duncan,
Claire Kroussel; First Place in Special Talent – Aubree Lavergne; Second Place in T-shirt –
Holly Bordelon and Julia Swank; Second Place in Speech – Emery Echols; Third Place in Tower of Power – Daniel Acosta, Calvin Mai,
Peter Mai, Brendan Alack and JaKobe Harris; Fifth Place in Quiz Bowl – Jada Bezue, Jamie McClendon,
Lauren DeVaney, Fiona Hawkins.
Independence Elementary is proud to announce their school Spelling Bee Champion, Za’liya Baker. Za’liya is a fourth student in Mrs. Christy Ard and Mrs. Bernadette Legoria’s classes. She is the 9 year old daughter of Chantey Baker and Shalonda Harris. Za’liya holds a 3.7 GPA and attends accelerated classes at IES.